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02-06-2013 | Psychology | Article

Pathway from poor sleep to depression elucidated

Poor sleep increases women’s risk for depression by reducing their experience of positive affect in daily life, thereby leading to increased negative reactivity, Dutch researchers believe.

06-01-2013 | Psychology | Article

Depressing hospital outcomes in elderly men

Older men with depression have more frequent and longer hospital stays than those without depressive symptoms, a study shows.

10-12-2008 | Mental health | Article

Recurrent brief depression a 'valid diagnostic category'

Recurrent brief depression is a valid diagnostic category that can be separated from bipolar II disorder, cyclothymia, and recurrent major depression, study findings indicate.

09-12-2008 | Mental health | Article

Social rejection linked with pain in depressed patients

The feeling of social rejection in patients with depression appears to be associated with physical pain, suggesting that the two characteristics share common neurobiologic circuits, say researchers.

02-12-2008 | Mental health | Article

Antidepressants may reduced heart rate variability

Individuals diagnosed with depression appear to have significantly lower heart rate variability than other people, say Dutch investigators in findings that suggest the association may be due to the effect of antidepressants.

24-11-2008 | Mental health | Article

Serotonin transporter variant risks post-partum depression

Women with variant forms of the serotonin transporter gene may be particularly vulnerable to depressive symptoms after childbirth, research shows.

23-11-2008 | Mental health | Article

No complete recovery for treated depression patients

While major depression patients starting treatment will spend three quarters of the next decade in euthymia, the remaining quarter will be spent in subthreshold or threshold depression, Japanese study findings indicate.

20-11-2008 | Psychology | Article

Risk for completed suicide high in year after initial failed attempt

The risk for completed suicide among individuals with a previous failed attempt is especially high in the year after the initial bid, research shows.

19-11-2008 | Mental health | Article

Migrants to the USA less likely to develop mood, anxiety disorders

Several immigrant groups living in the USA have a decreased risk for developing mood and anxiety disorders relative to the native population, but only if they emigrated at age 13 years or older, study results show.

23-10-2008 | Mental health | Article

Developmental stress impact on daily life stress moderated by genes

Sensitivity to stress in adult daily life is due to sensitization by stress exposures during development that may be accelerated by genes associated with depression, conclude researchers.

15-10-2008 | Mental health | Article

Serotonergic gene influences bipolar disorder but not depression

The tryptophan hydroxylase gene appears to influence the risk for bipolar disorder but not major depressive disorder, results of meta-analyses suggest.

13-10-2008 | Mental health | Article

Deep brain stimulation may reduce treatment-refractory depression

Treatment refractory depression may be alleviated by deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the central capsule (VC)/central striatum (VS), preliminary US study findings indicate.

02-10-2008 | Mental health | Article

Beneficial self-help strategies for sub-threshold depression identified

A range of self-help strategies for people with sub-threshold depression are likely to be helpful and are easy to implement, conclude Australian scientists.

02-10-2008 | Mental health | Article

Bipolar disorder in emergency settings predicted by DMX

The presence of depressive mixed state among patients undergoing emergency psychiatric hospitalization is a predictor of bipolar disorder and should be assessed in all patients with depression, say Japanese scientists.

28-09-2008 | Mental health | Article

Agitation 'no more bipolar than unipolar'

Agitated depressive syndromes do not appear to be mixed states, say researchers who found that agitated depression, with or without retardation, is no more frequently bipolar than unipolar disorder.

04-09-2008 | Psychology | Article

Perception of mental illness affects stigmatizing attitudes

Perceiving mental disorders as "real medical illnesses" reduces stigmatizing attitudes among the general public, as does having had contact with a person suffering from a mental disorder, study results suggest.

01-09-2008 | Mental health | Article

Most postpartum depression masks bipolar spectrum disorders

Most women presenting with postpartum depression have a bipolar spectrum disorder, researchers report.

01-09-2008 | Mental health | Article

Stressful life events linked to hippocampal deficits in major depression

Individuals who experience many stressful life events prior to being admitted to hospital for major depression have smaller left hippocampal volumes than their peers who have experienced fewer stressful events, study results show.

17-08-2008 | Mental health | Article

Anxiety and depression reductions with exercise not causal in general population

Regular exercise is linked to reductions in symptoms of anxiety and depression in the general population, but the effect does not appear to be causal, say Dutch investigators.

29-07-2008 | Mental health | Article

Comorbid Cluster A personality disorder and MDD linked to high perceived stress

Patients with major depressive disorder who have comorbid Cluster A personality disorder experience high stress levels after antidepressant treatment, which may predispose them to a poor outcome, researchers report.